Named after the many willow trees that once graced this community, families are still drawn to Willowdale by the quiet streets, excellent schools and the network of parks and trails which are perfect for bike riders, joggers and walkers.
Many of the original homes, built in the 1940s and 50s on expansive lots, are being replaced by new custom homes, and up and down the major thoroughfares there is a wide selection of condominium apartments and townhomes.
In recent years, Willowdale has transformed into a vibrant downtown area centered on Yonge Street, with an impressive skyline, wide selection of retail shopping and interesting restaurants, as well as professional office space. Major malls include up-market Bayview Village, Empress Walk and the Sheppard Centre, currently undergoing a major renovation. This is a neighbourhood to watch!
The Toronto Centre for the Arts, Farmer’s Market at Mel Lastman Square, Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre and North York Public Library with its extensive program of activities ensure there is always something to do for the whole family.
Earl Bales Park a 145-acre park at Sheppard and Bathurst, is a year round destination, offering hiking and biking trails, an outdoor amphitheatre and bunny ski hill. For golf enthusiasts, the Don Valley Golf Course, set amongst the beautiful scenery of the Don River Valley, is located just south of Highway 401, off Yonge Street.